'In my opinion the drama of today is in a rut and full of prejudices and conventions...When I watch these great & talented people, these high priests of a sacred art, depicting the way people eat, drink, make love...when I hear them trying to squeeze a moral out of the tritest words and emptiest scenes, when I am presented with a thousand variations on the same old thing, the same thing again & again - well, I just have to escape, I run away'.
Why should anyone be interested in listening to you - unless you can make what you have to say interesting both in what you say and how you say it? Why should I want to spend time with your characters - in your story?
The function of dramatic structure is to orchestrate the audience's emotional experience of your story. This is what you have to control and master.
'Let the doors be shut upon him, that he may play the fool no where but in's own house'.
- Is that not the definition of Drama?
Is your skill as a dramatist the subtlety with which the undertones of thought + feeling are conveyed?
Direct statement being antithetical to our experience of what Drama is - namely a collaboration in which the spectator completes the narrative which the characters play out before him/ her. …Continue
Posted on September 4, 2018 at 16:10
Write a Step Outline for a screenplay in 10 chapters.
1. Memory of Things Past
Your protagonist dunking something in his/ her morning coffee.
2. Strange Exile.
3. The Reality of Deceit
4. The World is Not Respectable
5. The Wicked Animal
6. Self-Consciousness is Murder
7. I Rejecting Me.
8. Choosing Delusion
9. The Solidarity of…Continue
Posted on July 23, 2018 at 15:24
1. The Devil I Am.
Write a 2 - 3 page Synopsis about a Man/ Woman who finds out he's the Devil.
He doesn't want to be.
Initially comic - think through his line of action.
What is he required to do for this 'job'. What actions?
What are the obstacles? How hard does he try to resist?
Can the Comedy/ Farce evolve into…Continue
Posted on July 18, 2018 at 14:53
1. The Present.
Adapt the story of Macbeth where the protagonist is Nietzsche.
- Rewatch Welles' + Kurosawa's version.
i. Or take King Lear + the Kozintsev film.
(Why not watch his Hamlet too?)
Write a Short film (10 - 15 minutes) based on Euripides Medea - but within the context of Brexit.
If Euripides isn't working for you - maybe try Seneca, Grillparzer or Alvaro's…Continue
Posted on July 12, 2018 at 14:39
1. Read Homer's Odyssey.
- List the Episodes.
2. Set the Action in your own town/ city in the Present.
- Choose from the Episodes those which serve your purposes - thinking about Locations.
Think of Walter Hill's The Warriors.
Don't be put off by Joyce - you can tell this story in Bergmanesque individual drama (Chamber Films) - reducing the cast to a minimum.
Could this be a…Continue
Posted on July 12, 2018 at 14:30